MIND OF DARKNESS! By: Jes Drew.

Welcome Back to yet another of my Q&A’s blog posts! Today’s special guest is Jes Drew with her answers to my questions about her “MIND OF DARKNESS” book! 

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: 
What inspired you to write “(book title)”? 
I was inspired to write Mind of Darkness while studying World War II in high school, especially about the Hitler Youth program.
What’s your favorite character(s) from “(book title)”? 
My favorite characters from Mind of Darkness… Well, it’s hard to choose. There are old friends like Charissa and Emily, and then there are a lot of new friends, like Violet and Faith and Time. But my overall favorite is probably a certain young man named Alexander Franklin III.
What’s your favorite scene and part of the story? 
Hmm, that’s a tricky one. I don’t know if I have just one scene, but my favorite parts are probably the scenes where Emily finds notes, because those scenes still give me chills.
What are your favorite books, movies, music, etc? 
Another hard question. My favorite book is obviously the Bible, but I have so many other favorites too, and in so many genres. I just finished Margaret Stohl’s Black Widow: Forever Red, so let’s go with that one for now. My favorite movie is Captain America 2: Winter Soldier hands down. And music is also vast and changing, but For King and Country and Toby Mac are my favorite artists.
How would you deal with writers block? 
I try to force through it by whatever means possible. Sometimes I listen to music, sometimes I go on a walk, and sometimes I just make myself sit and write. It depends.
Are you planning on continuing your stories? 
Lord willing, as long as I have stories to write, I’ll write them. Mind of Darkness itself is a culmination of two previous series that has two immediate sequels, but also several sequel series coming after it.
CHARACTERS INTERVIEW: 
What are your pet peeves? 
Charisa: Jeans that already have holes in them.
Emily: Nosy reporters.
How old are you? 
Charisa: Sixteen and ready for life!
Emily: Seventeen and less ready for life.
What’s your favorite color? 
Charisa: Purple. No, it’s not girly.
Emily: Green. It’s just so… life-like.
Favorite hobbies? 
Charisa: Don’t tell anyone, but I like to do yard work and read comics. Seriously, that’s our secret.
Emily: I like to read Jane Austen and sometimes climb trees just because.
When did the madness begin and will it end? 
Charisa: Well, for me it began when we got a phone call on a private line… It’ll end when I do some serious karate on some jerks.
Emily: It began when I accepted an invitation to an elite pre-college school. It’ll end, I guess, if I can ever figure out how to leave unscathed with Christopher…
What haunts you? 
Charisa: There’s this spider I accidentally killed once. I think its ghost has been following me these last couple years.
Emily: The fear that the Masters will come back for me and mine.
What are you afraid of? 
Charisa: Nothing. Except maybe heights. And spiders. But other than that, nothing.
Emily: The Masters. Water. Boats, planes, taxis, helicopters, submarines, motorcycles, and really any mode of transportation. Oh, and anything else that might kill me. Especially coconuts.
What’s the best and worst things in your characters’ life? 
Charisa: The best thing would have to be the people. My family, my friends, Kyle- and the worst would be the danger I put them in because of my superpowers.
Emily: I have to agree that the best thing is Christopher and my family. And thew worst is the constant fear that something is going to happen to them.
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2018

2018 has been rough on me. From losing my second dog Chloe (Bichon, she’s blind from diabetes, had seizures in her old age, and she was almost 16) on Feb 22nd 2018. It reminded when we had to put down my first dog Ki-yah in winter of 2014 (Border Collie mixed with Newfoundland, had her since I was almost 2). To some happiness in spending time with my cousins without them on their cellphones.

I’ve had negative thoughts and started posting my negativity on GR. Big mistake and I regret it after I’ve deleted all of them and promised myself to never post negative things online ever again.

But the best thing is that I’ve helped my GR Author friends with their books by beta reading their work and now I have even more favorite authors than I can ever imagine. I even made my own Author Email and my make do Author GR account. They’re all still in work in progress like my websites and blogs are. I’m hoping to achieve more things in 2019 and many years to come. I really hope that someday I can meet my favorite authors and be friends with them forever.

SEEK! Author Interview!

WELCOME TO YET ANOTHER AUTHOR INTERVIEW! TODAY’S SPEICAL GUEST IS ANGELA R. WATTS with her answers to my questions! And without further ado! 

What inspired you to write “SEEK”?
A dream from God that was very crazy but gave me the basis of my main cast, plot, and setting. It was a dream that stuck with me, and since Camp NaNo was just around the corner in July, I figured it would be awesome to write that dream as a book. It was so much more! What’s your favorite character(s) from “SEEK”?
I really love all of them. Michelle was my least favorite because of how little human emotion besides rage she felt. My favorites are all of the others, though, ha!
What’s your favorite scene and part of the story?
Ohh! Good question. I have some that would be spoilers, but the ending scenes are still pretty cool, in my personal opinion. 😉
What are your favorite books, movies, music, etc?
So many! I have plenty of favorites books (besides the Bible!) which mostly include Ted Dekker, Frank Peretti, Francine Rivers, and Indie authors like Kellyn Roth, Jesseca Wheaton, and Kyle Robert Schultz.
Favorite music is a very big list… I like lots of genres. Believe it or not, my least favorite genre is (besides trashy music/rap) country. I like classic country like George Strait and stuff all right, but… Not a lot.
Movies are hard. A few favorites are Romancing The Stone (if you’ve seen that movie, you might better understand why Seek’s character Eli calls Angel ‘sweetheart’ so much), The Patriot, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, and more. How would you deal with writers block?
It depends on the story. If I’m on a deadline or doing NaNo, I’ll push on, switch around a story, or brainstorm some more till I can feel more confident with the words I’m producing. Sometimes, I’ll give myself a break, but only if I feel it is very needed or I deserve it.
Other stories, if they aren’t top priority, I’ll let them sit and just have fun with them when I can.
Are you planning on continuing your stories?
Yes. Seek is book one of a series, and I am ecstatic to share more news on this. As far as other books, again, yes! The next book I’ll be publishing is a supernatural YA novel called JUMP.
Thanks again, Shine! =D
God bless,
– Angela R. Watts

SHINE HERE!

Hey Everyone on the blog world! Shine here! This year was challenging for me and I’ve finally figured out what Blog Tour and Cover Revealed means on the blogs, so I did a couple so far and I’m liking it so far. Now my only worries are messing things up and trying to be on time.

SEEK! (For Nov 12th)

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Angel Cutler’s routine life is overturned when local ganglord Viktor Marino tries to kidnap her. When she finds out her adopted sister is back in town and working with Viktor, Angel has to run with the protection of two total strangers. Can Angel’s faith in God protect her family when she can’t?

Elijah Davis has seen Viktor bleed once, and to protect his family, he’ll make it happen again. But who is the One Eli can turn to when he realizes he can’t protect his loved ones alone?

Hiding from gangsters and gunfire, the trio struggle to seek God above all else and trust that His plan is greater than their own. Or Viktor Marino’s.

AUTHOR BIO

Angela R. Watts is a Christian who writes fiction to glorify the King. She’s a homeschooled highschooler who lives with her family at Step By Step Sanctuary, Tennessee. She’s been writing stories since she was little but also enjoys chores, painting, and watching sunsets.

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“A CERTAIN SORT OF MADNESS” BLOG TOUR! (OCT 14TH)

WELCOME TO MY VERY FIRST BLOG TOUR! I have an interview with NICKI CHAPLEWAY with her book “A CERTAIN SORT OF MADNESS”! And without a further ado, here’s the interview! 

NICKI: Great questions! Here are my answers 😛
 
AUTHOR INTERVIEW: 
What inspired you to write “A Certain Sort of Madness” story?  I was inspired to write A Certain Sort of Madness when I watched Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and I was swept away by the magic and craziness of that world and those characters.
What inspired you to create your characters? With Alicia, I wanted a very Alice in Wonderland type character, kind of distant, a little crazy. Dante was a mismatch of a lot of different thoughts an inspiration, for instance Easton was originally going to be Italian and since this was a companion series, a sort of parallel to my My Time in Amar books, I decided to finally create my Italian character with Dante. I made Olivia because I needed someone who was actually sane to balance out Alicia’s craziness. Everyone else, kind of just popped into the story when they were needed.
What’s your favorite character(s) from “A Certain Sort of Madness”?  Even though I love all of my characters, I would probably have to say Eugene.
What’s your favorite scene and part of the story? Oh, hmm… wow, let me think about this. I’m going to have to say probably a certain scene near the end of the book where a confession was made and then someone was stabbed and things happened, that scene was just so emotional for me, but I can’t say anymore because spoilers!
What are your favorite books, movies, music, etc? I have a lot of favorite books, movies, and music so I’m just going to state which genres I prefer to save us the hassle of an extraordinarily long answer. For books I like clean YA speculative fiction. My favorite movies are a little more varied, but I like movies with strong characters, humor, action, and a little bit a scariness all thrown in there (Like the Mummy and Jurassic World and Pirates of the Caribbean, to name a few). And as for music, I tend to prefer movie soundtracks and some of my favorite songs are credit songs.
How would you deal with writers block? I die, mostly. But really, it depends on the writer’s block. Sometimes, I just have to plow through it. Sometimes I can’t push through it no matter what and I have to take a break. I will save myself a lot of grief when I finally figure out how to differentiate these two types of writer’s block when they first show up.
Do you love writing even if it turns into madness? Especially when it turns into madness because when my writing starts to surprise me it becomes less of a chore and more of an adventure.
Are you planning on continuing your stories? To answer that; yes, yes, a hundred times yes. I still have a long way to go until series are finished, especially since Return to Amar and My Time in Amar are interwoven stories. Even with the books that I’ve said will be the last in the series, I start getting ideas for spin offs and novellas which will continue the stories.
And now onto the character interviews. I’m assuming that you want to do the character interviews for all of the characters. So *deep breaths* here we go…
CHARACTERS INTERVIEW: 

What are your pet peeves?

Alicia: People being thick and not catching on when you are trying to tell them things.
Olivia: Eugene.
Dante: Eugene, definitely.
Eugene: People who don’t like me.
Hector: People who don’t die no matter how hard you try to kill them. *glares at Dante*
Jane: I hate how people will judge you without even stopping to know who you are
What’s your full name and how old are you?
Alicia: Alicia Hareton. I’m fifteen.
Olivia: Olivia Linton. I’m sixteen.
Dante: Dante Carlos Alessandro Moretti III, though I’ve gone by the Huntsman for some years and Alicia always insists on calling me her imaginary friend. I’m eighteen years old.
Eugene: You can call me Eugene when you want to get my attention and that’s all you really need to know about that. I’m eighteen as well.
Hector: Hector Hofferson. I’m nineteen years old.
Jane: I’m just Jane, I don’t really know my last name. I’m sixteen.
What’s your favorite color?
Alicia: Blue.
Olivia: Black.
Dante: You two would make an ugly bruise. Mine is gray, if you must know.
Eugene: Any color that would look good on me. Which is all of them.
Hector: Brown.
Jane: Orange, but not the bright gaudy kind. The soft kind that you find in nature when the leaves are about to fall from the trees.
Favorite hobbies?
Alicia: I like sketching.
Olivia: Shopping.
Dante: Reading, though I’m running out of easily accessible material.
Eugene: Stealing from people… or actually since that’s my livelihood, I’ll say playing with Chandler.
Hector: What are hobbies?
Jane: I just like to help people, so anything that would involve that.
When did the madness begin and will it end?
Alicia: I was born into it and I think the world would be a boring place without it, so I hope that it never does end.
Olivia: When my idiot cousin dragged me into the mess that was he life, and I really hope so. Preferably soon.
Dante: When I first met Alicia. Oh, probably when I die.
Eugene: When I first met Dante. Let’s not be so pessimistic, mate, I’m sure it’ll end sooner or later. How about next week?
Hector: When my uncle died and it will end when Marius finally dies.
Jane: When I entered the faerie court and met these… odd people. I pray every second that it shall.
What are you afraid of?
Alicia: Being hunted by something in the dark.
Olivia: Bees, disgusting blighters that they are.
Dante: Not having any control of my future.
Eugene: I was going to say anything that could kill me, but Alicia’s fear has merit.
Hector: Snakes. Definitely snakes.
Jane: Small dark enclosed spaces.
What haunts you?
Alicia: My past that I didn’t even know I had.
Olivia: I have a bad relationship with my mom. I’m not saying that it haunts me. I’m just saying that I have a bad relationship with my mom.
Dante: My past.
Eugene: We can’t all say our pasts here, but just so you know, it was my past.
Hector: I failed my uncle and he died.
Jane: My parents never wanted me.
I’ve decided not to answer the last question because it would have too many spoilers ;P And Marius would only answer a few of the questions:
What are your pet peeves? When people are obstinately stubborn, refusing to do what you want them to and thus foiling your well laid plans.

What’s your full name and how old are you? My name is Marius the First, I have forgotten any other names I may have had. I am seven hundred and thirty-five years old… or well, I think I am. After one has lived so many years, one ceases to keep track of them.
What’s your favorite color? I love brown, myself. Such a soft color. So enduring, you know my brown robes have always lasted longer than the more gaudy clothes that I had once worn.
Favorite hobbies? I enjoy spending my time bettering my mind.
When did the madness begin and will it end? Madness? Who said anything was madness, everything is completely under control. It is only when my plans fail when there will be madness. And it will all end when my enemy is finally dead.
 
 
Thanks for featuring me on your blog! This was really fun 😛